B’Haram fighters in military uniforms kill 21 in Yobe

Twenty-one persons have been killed by men suspected to be insurgents, dressed in military camouflage, in a highway attack in Yobe State. The 21 persons, according to a local vigilante source, had been residing in Damaturu after fleeing their communities earlier captured by the insurgents.

Union Bank’s profit before tax increases by 11%

Union Bank of Nigeria Plc recorded an 11 per cent increase in its profit before tax for the first quarter of 2015, the bank’s unaudited results for the period showed. The results showed that its PBT rose from N4.

Five-year-old boy kidnapped in Lagos, found in Ogun

A five-year-old boy, who gave his name as Abraham Adeyemi, suspected to have been abducted in Lagos State has been found in Ogun State. Adeyemi was said to have been found in front of the Foursquare Gospel Church, Imedu Nla, Mowe, in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state

Building collapses, kills bricklayer

A building has collapsed in the Bariga area of Lagos killing a bricklayer, identified simply as Tunde, and injuring other workers at the site. PUNCH Metro learnt that the building, which is on Gbagada Road, was being demolished for reconstruction when the incident occurred.

Speakership: Gbajabiamila, Dogara, Iriase lobby new Reps

Some front runners for the position of the Speaker of the 8th House of Representatives intensified campaign for support on Monday in Abuja as newly-elected members arrived in the city for their induction programme. Among the 360 members of the House to be inaugurated on June 6 are over 290

Bus driver crushes 65-year-old woman to death

A commercial bus driver, Samson Ebenyi, has been arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State, for allegedly killing a 65-year- old woman, identified simply as Mary. The incident occurred at about 8.

I worked to raise $6,000 for Libyan pimp ─ Schoolgirl

Precious Nwaigwe, the 15-year-old schoolgirl, who was kidnapped in the Ajah area of Lagos State about a year ago, has said she was made to work for $6,000 the Libyan pimp paid to buy her. She added that after paying the money, she was again used as collateral for a

Xenophobia: South Africa to release victims’ names

The South African government said on Monday that the names of nationals killed in the attacks on foreigners by its citizens would soon be released. The South African Presidency, in a statement, a copy of which was made available to one of our correspondents on Tuesday, said it had received

FG names streets after Jonathan, others

The Federal Government has named major streets in Abuja after some eminent Nigerians and accomplished Africans, with the soon-to-be inaugurated Inner Southern Expressway named after President Goodluck Jonathan. The decision is coming barely one month to the end of Jonathan’s administration, when a new President, Muhammadu Buhari, would be inaugurated.

Analysts blame recruitment bias, poor orientation for low productivity in civil service


For the in-coming administration of Muhammadu Buhari, the President-elect, to have a functional civil service that will aid governance and raise productivity in the economy, the administration will have to embark on comprehensive reforms that will right the many wrongs in the system, analysts have advised. The civil service system

Fidelity Bank plc: 2014 impressive results validate growth strategy


Fidelity Bank plc is a Nigerian-based company. The bank’s offering includes personal, private and corporate banking services, as well as Diaspora banking. It also supports small, medium and large-scale agricultural establishments within the Fidelity Agri-Nigeria Project.

We’ve arrested over 400 pirates – NCC

The Nigerian Copyright Commission said that it had arrested over 400 pirates of intellectual property and that it would go the extra mile in arresting and prosecuting pirates. The NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr.

What it takes to get there (2)


I started this piece last week by stating that Nigeria’s inability to use knowledge economy to pursue domestic and international goals of national interests in the 21st century is due to inability of leadership in Nigeria to lead reforms and improve governance. With effect from 29 May, 2015, the APC

How many more will die in the Mediterranean before Africa acts?


Is there something in our history or culture that makes us not to seem to value human lives? Could it be an acquired syndrome? It is true that Africa fought several wars with itself and with outsiders which led to the loss of many lives, and some wars are going

Nigeria, Ghana become blooming e-waste graveyards


Two of West-Africa’s economic powerhouses, Nigeria and Ghana, are fast becoming blooming electronic graveyards as tonnes of discarded appliances from all over the world – including the United Kingdom (UK) are being dumped every year. Industry observers claim that thousands of broken television (TV), Personal Computers (PC), mobile phones, microwaves as well

For Ambode, Lagosians set agenda

In anticipation of the dividends of democracy, residents table their concern before the incoming government writes Folashade Adebayo Though she spends most of her time in Kwara State, Miss Adetayo Odebode, a student of the Kwara State University, Ilorin, lives in Lagos. The student of Mass Communication, who resides in

Jonathan sacks NHIS boss, names Peter Obi SEC chair

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday relieved the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Dr. Femi Thomas, of his appointment with immediate effect.

Improved economic fundamentals, rising middle class driving new neighbourhoods creation


The past five to 10 years in Africa, Nigeria in particular, has seen a surge in the creation of new neighbourhoods and this, experts say, is being driven chiefly by improved economic fundamentals and the emerging, growing middle class in the continent. In Nigeria, the growth of the middle class